Hawaii may be a bit far away, but that doesn’t mean CYM is missing the music wave. This past week, Mr. Mark held a Ukulele Camp exploring the small instrument which originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguese machete, a small guitar-like instrument. Here’s what Mr. Mark had to say about the camp:
Seven students participated in a week-long Ukulele Camp June 8 – 12: Audrey, Annabella, Sylvia, Carson, Lily, Elijah, and Sara. There was a mix of guitar, violin and piano students. The week started with simpler songs like Zum Gali Gali and Hot Cross Buns, then we moved on to popular songs by The Beatles and Johnny Cash, and by the end of the week we were playing songs like Somewhere Over the Rainbow. We talked about how to use resources on You Tube and websites to continue learning songs by artists like Train, Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars, and Vance Joy.
Here’s what some of the parents said about the camp:
“Ella said the best part of camp was learning to play Over the Rainbow.”
“Carson’s favorites were Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Count on Me. So fun! He is really making progress! He has really loved camp this week! Thanks so much!”
“Audrey, coming from piano, had a great time learning a stringed instrument and has enjoyed playing, singing and showing off her new skills to her friends and family.”
Mr. Mark wasn’t the only teacher in action last week. Ms. Leah held a Saturday Serenade featuring a number of students and instruments performing polished pieces for their peers, family, and of course Ms. Leah. Here’s what she had to say:
This past Saturday’s Serenade was filled with beautiful music! We heard piano, guitar and violin performances from Abby, Carson, Juliana, Sophie and Sara. The Serenade was ended with my performance of Allegro, by Correlli.
A very hearty thank you to everyone who was able to be a part of the Ukulele camp and the Saturday Serenade. We hope to see you at our next event!